An alternate universe where the Nazis won World War II is an interesting idea, so long as we don’t have to live in that universe. Source control is the very bedrock of software development. If you are using SourceSafe now, you should migrate to Subversion or a different alternative as soon as possible. It was altered further to include Supergirl, the bottled city of Kandor, and other survivors of Krypton, further watering down the original idea of Superman having been the sole Kryptonian to survive the destruction of his world. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. It is very weak, unreliable, and idiosyncratic even in comparison to CVS.

Post as a guest Name. I’m disheartened to see that Visual SourceSafe is still at the top of the list. Thirty minutes later I had written a Perl program , which accessed the statcounter. The more developers you have on a project, the higher the chances are that one of those developers will check something really bad into source control and disrupt everyone else’s work. Why isn’t Microsoft shipping a “lite” version of Team System in the Whidbey box? It shows Thank you for downloading Metrowerks Visual SourceSafe Your download will begin in a moment and it opens a link ftp.

Why keep VSS on life support? Make the switch to Team SystemSubversionor any other modern source control soucesafe of your choice.


I find that almost every client I visit is barely using branching at all. The DC comic book series Crisis on Infinite Earths is a cautionary tale of the problems you can encounter if you start spinning off too many parallel universes. And if there is, it takes codiing.

Unsafe at any speed? All branches have a clearly defined lifecycle. It’s newer than Perforce so you’ll only jump into it if you’re really an early adopter.

These issues were addressed during the Silver Age by DC creating parallel worlds in a multiverse: It’s a powerful, fundamental source control feature, sure, but it’s also complicated. The two documents are almost the same, after all; they only differ in small, sourcessafe ways.

Whidbey ships with Visual SourceSafe

Chris Birmele notes that branching has its own set of anti-patterns you should watch out for: Jon Seigel 10k 8 47 Mysterious Branches Nobody can tell you what the branches horrror for. Musical Geek Friday 2: This isn’t an app that needs some incremental improvements, it’s an app that needs to be taken out behind the woodshed and put out of its misery. How about a nice, modern version of source control for the common folk, without all that enterprise marketing crap and the corresponding sticker shock.

It’s as fundamental as it gets. I like programming and really enjoy ASP. What is the problem you are encountering?

This includes remote teams for example, with offshore development as hkrror as simpler scenarios like telecommuting or doing development work while traveling. I put the languages I could think of in langs.


I use SourceSafe for the last 10 years with teams from 1 to 20 souecesafewith NO problems so far. But that complication is often justified. Most alpha-geeks forget about shocking statement 1.

Source Control: Anything But SourceSafe

The two systems are completely different and totally incompatible. What do you do in this situation?

I wish this was ccoding for me, because I agree with Scott. They know exactly enough to get their job done, then go home on the weekend and forget about computers. I have subscribed to quite a few programming blogs, one of them being Coding Horror.

The new version of VSS will support remote access through firewalls via https.

Software Branching and Parallel Universes

I’m terrible at the things he’s describing. It’s a ten year old application, and boy does it ever show.

I couldn’t figure out how to add keywords nicely below each bar, though. It’s how many typical, average programmers codinb reached out toif only in some small way. Parallel universes offer infinite possibility.